Carmel Artomobilia is an annual celebration of cars and car enthusiasts, those who appreciate automotive art and design. And if that wasn’t reason enough for ADESA to be involved, consider that the event was held in the Arts & Design District of Carmel, Indiana, just a few miles from ADESA’s corporate office.

With ADESA as major sponsor, this year’s event showcased more than 400 cars grouped into categories—classic, sports, exotic, Indiana-built, racers, preserved and more—for thousands of car fans enjoying the day. The cars were on display in downtown Carmel, drawing a crowd of 15,000 visitors to appreciate the automobile as art.

Employees served as volunteers during the day and gathered, along with customers and other car lovers, in the ADESA hospitality suite.

Don Gottwald, KAR’s chief operations officer, presented awards, including Best in Show. Gary Bartlett of Muncie, Indiana, won Best in Show for his 1968 Ford GT40 MK3. The Penultimate award was presented to Reed Tarwater of Indianapolis for his 1936 MG PB.

Gary Bartlett acquired this 1968 Ford GT40 in 2011 and carefully restored it to its original condition.

Gary Bartlett acquired this 1968 Ford GT40 in 2011 and carefully restored it to its original condition.

The Best in Show award went to Gary Barlett of Muncie, Ind., for his 1968 Ford GT40.

The Best in Show award went to Gary Barlett of Muncie, Ind., for his 1968 Ford GT40.

This 1936 MG PB, owned by Reed Tarwater of Indianapolis, is one of just 400 two-seater PBs produced. It is a matching numbers car restored using factory records to its original Oxford and Cambridge blue with blue leather interior.

This 1936 MG PB, owned by Reed Tarwater of Indianapolis, is one of just 400 two-seater PBs produced. It is a matching numbers car restored using factory records to its original Oxford and Cambridge blue with blue leather interior.